Outrage over giant swastika on Melbourne field

It has been revealed a Melbourne council has known for weeks about a giant swastika drawn on a soccer pitch in the city’s north east.

The shameful act of vandalism has drawn outrage from descendants of Holocaust survivors, who say it is horrifying.

Chemicals were used to draw the swastika into Morrison Reserve at Mt Evelyn, where junior soccer teams train and play.

It was spotted by the grandson of Holocaust survivors taking a helicopter ride.

The shameful act of vandalism has drawn outrage from descendants of Holocaust survivors, who say it’s simply horrifying. (Nine)

“My grandfather is the soul survivor of his family,” the man who noticed it said.

“To see it at that sort of scale is pretty horrifying.

“It’s concerning as how does something like that take place?

“How is there no action, how is there no immediate action?

“People should understand why something like this is so bad and how it does actually affect people.”

The symbol can be seen from the ground as well as the air.

Families who visit the field to walk their dogs say the grass has been discoloured for more than month.

Lilydale Eagles Soccer Club says it raised the issue with Yarra Ranges Council and met with officials at the beginning of March.

They said they were told these kinds of incidents were becoming more frequent in the shire and that seed would be used to cover the dead grass.

The council says other options would have put the field out of action for at least eight weeks.

The council says it is incredibly disappointed and frustrated by the highly offensive act of vandalism, noting the removal will “come at a cost” to ratepayers.

Last year Victoria became the first state or territory to begin the process to outlaw the public display of Nazi symbols.

Anti-defamation Commission chairman Dvir Abramovich said this latest crime “is a reminder that we need to legislate as quickly as possible the law against the public displays of the Nazi swastika”.


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